We’ve all heard about the terrible twos. And whether we’ve been through them before, heard numerous real life stories from other mums or have seen them while out shopping, there is nothing more terrifying than when we see the start of one taking place right in front of us.
While it can be frustrating, especially if you have to deal with them in public, it is important you keep your cool, otherwise things can escalade quickly.
The last thing you want to do is end up having a screaming match with your youngster so if you do feel yourself becoming riled up or increasingly annoyed, simply walk away. Don’t go far - you will want to ensure your child is safe, but the time out will give you a chance to calm down and approach them in a more appropriate manner.
Keep your tone of voice calm and steady. This will not only help your youngster to settle but it will also have a positive effect on you.
Try to find a distraction
Try your best to diffuse the situation by distracting your child enough to forget why they are angry. Point out something that they would be interested in or make a funny face. Changing the situation will hopefully help ease them out of their strop and by doing something funny, it will help you release any tension, thus keeping you calmer.
Stay near them
Unless you need to leave the room to calm down, try to stay near them while they are having their stop. Your little one’s tantrum is caused by their inability to control their emotions and leaving can make them feel more anxious. Leaving can sometimes make things worse, leaving you feeling like you have no options. Stay with them and use the above advice to help calm the situation.
Ignore the stares
If your youngster pulls a tantrum while you are out and about, it can be hard not to notice the stares of passersby. More often than not embarrassment and funny looks can frustrate and rile you up more so try your best to ignore it.